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Adam Mickiewicz

Pan Tadeusz
OR
THE LAST FORAY IN LITHUANIA

A TALE OF THE GENTRY
DURING 1811-1812

TRANSLATED BY
Marcel Weyland

ILLUSTRATED BY
Philippa Weyland

 

This translation is dedicated to emigrants
and refugees from oppression everywhere, 
and to the children and grand-children of one such refugee.

CONTENTS

Preface

Book One
THE ESTATE
The young master's return - The first meeting in the room, and the next at the table - The Judge's important lecture on the nature of politeness - The Chamberlain's judicious remarks on fashion -The beginnings of the dispute concerning Bobtail and Hawk -The Tribune's complaint - The last Court Usher - A bird's-eye view of the contemporary political state of Lithuania and Europe

Book Two
THE CASTLE
Hunting with hounds - A visitor at the castle - The last of the household tells the history of the last of the Horeszkos - A glance into the orchard -The girl in the cucumber patch - Breakfast - Madame Telimena's Petersburg anecdote - A fresh outburst of the dispute regarding Bobtail and Hawk - Father Worm's intervention - The Tribune's speech -The wager - Let's go mushrooming!

Book Three
FLIRTATIONS
The Count's expedition to the orchard - A mysterious nymph feeds the geese - The resemblance between mushroom-gathering and a promenade of Elysian shades - The varieties of mushrooms - Telimena at the Temple of Musing - Discussions concerning the launching of Tadeusz into the world - The Count-peisagist - Tadeusz's remarks about art, trees and clouds - The Count's opinions on art - The bell -The note - Master, a bear!

Book Four
DIPLOMACY AND THE HUNT
Tadeusz is wakened by an apparition in curlpapers - Belated realization of his error - The tavern - A skilful application of snuffbox directs the discussion back on track - The heartwood - The bear - Tadeusz and the Count in peril - Three shots - Dispute about Sagalas and Sanguszko guns, decided in favour of a Horeszko single-barrel - The bigos -The Tribune's tale of the duel between Dowejko and Domejko, interrupted by coursing the hare - Conclusion of the Dowejko-Domejko tale

Book Five
THE QUARREL
Telimena plans her hunting - The little gardener gets ready to enter the world and receives instructions from her guardian - The huntsmen return - Tadeusz's great astonishment - A second meeting at the Temple of Musing; amity is restored due to the intervention of the ants - The hunt matter is canvassed at the table - The (interrupted) tale by the Tribune about Rejtan and Prince Denassow - An arrangement between the parties is also interrupted - The apparition with the key - The quarrel -The Count and Gerwazy hold a council of war

Book Six
THE SETTLEMENT
First hostile steps of the foray - Protazy's expedition - Worm and the Judge deliberate matters of state - Continuation of Protazy's fruitless expedition - A digression on the subject of hemp - The settlement of Dobrzyń - A description of Maciek Dobrzyński's homestead and person

Book Seven
THE MEETING
The salutary counsel of Bartek known as 'Prussian' - The fighting words of Maciek 'the Baptist' - The politic words of Master Buchman - Jankiel attempts to bring about consensus, is thwarted by Penknife - Gerwazy's address, which demonstrates the effectiveness of parliamentary persuasion - Old Maciej's remonstrance - The sudden arrival of reinforcements breaks off the debate - Down with the Soplicas!

Book Eight
THE FORAY
The Tribune's astronomical lore - The Chamberlain's commentary on comets - The mysterious scene in the Judge's chamber - Tadeusz, expecting to extricate himself cleverly, falls into a nasty predicament -The new Dido - The foray - The Usher's last protest - The Count conquers Soplicowo -The assault and the slaughter - Gerwazy in role of cellar master - The feast after the foray

Book Nine
THE BATTLE
Concerning perils which arise from an untidy encampment - Unexpected relief - The sad state of the gentry - The almsman's visit is a presage of rescue - Major Plut brings down a storm through his excessive flirtaciousness - Discharge of pistol is call to arms - The deeds of Baptist, the deeds and predicament of Maciej - Bucket, with his ambush, saves Soplicowo -Mounted reinforcements, the attack at the infantry -The deeds of Tadeusz - Duel of the leaders brought to naught by treachery - The Tribune's decisive manoeuvre tips the scales of the battle -Gerwazy's bloody deeds -The Chamberlain, a generous victor

Book Ten
EMIGRATION · JACEK
Council held how best to protect the future of the victors - Negotiations with Rykov - The parting - An important disclosure - Hope

Book Eleven
YEAR 1812
Spring auguries - Entry of the troops - The service - Official rehabilitation of the late Jacek Soplica - From Gerwazy and Protazy's conversation one can deduce an early end to the lawsut - The wooing of uhlan and girl - The end of rivalry between Bobtail and Hawk -After which the guests gather for the meal - The betrothed pairs are introduced to the leaders

Book Twelve
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP!
The last old-Polish feast - The centrepiece masterpiece - Explanation of its personae - The procession of the season - A present for D¹browski -More about the Penknife - A present for Kniaziewicz - Tadeusz's first official act as landlord - Gerwazy's observations - The concert of concerts - The Polonaise - To Love and Friendship!

Epilogue
Explanatory notes

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